It is probably the first clandestine edition of these political poems (1853, full edition without the name of the editor, "New York and Genève" mentioned). A small format is used (in-32°) in order to help the illegal circulation of the book. The proofs are made on two poems (part VIII) : "Aux femmes" and "L'obscurité couvre le monde..." : page proofs made in red and brown inks.
Marked in Hugo's hand "bon à tirer au nombre indiqué de la page 246 à la page 269 après clichage et correction très attentive. – 30 août ." (to be printed accordingly to the number planned, from page 246 to 269, after clichage and a very careful checkout – 30 August ).
Bought from Charavay on March 1964 for 280 francs.